McMaster University Library: A Statement from Librarians Association of the University of Waterloo

(Circulated on CAUT list today and posted with permission of author):

“Good afternoon Colleagues,

Executive members of the Librarians Association of the University of Waterloo join other library associations to voice our support for librarians at McMaster University. We are deeply concerned by the stated intentions of McMaster’s chief librarian to stop hiring ALA-accredited librarians. We question the wisdom behind a decision that will result in reducing or eliminating the inclusion of trained, dedicated professionals in this setting. We feel that this will not only have an immediate negative impact on the morale within the McMaster library system, but it will also lead to an erosion of sound stewardship practices over time, threatening the welfare of a collection on which scholars and students depend.


Jane Forgay, MA, MLIS
LAUW President 2011/2012
University of Waterloo Library
Waterloo, Ontario “

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